East Village & West Village Neighborhoods
Both culture and counter culture have learned to thrive together in this area of Manhattan. From inspiration for Charles Dickens to the birthplace of Punk Rock, Manhattan’s East Village boasts an exciting history. Far from the slums of the 1800’s, this neighborhood is home to budding artists, breakthrough musicians, and Wall Street brokers. In the 1980s, real estate developers started promoting the name East Village, to dissociate the neighborhood from the Lower East Side's reputation as a slum district. The East Village neighborhood has been considered one of the strongest contributors to American arts and culture in the U.S. Many immigrant families found their new homes in this area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the spirit of the city, East Village is a place where anything goes and all are welcome.
The West Village is currently among the least dense neighborhoods in New York City. Much of the area consists of tiny streets lined with townhouses and brownstones. Although it is very easy to lose yourself in the old world charm of the West Village, it is easier to lose yourself in lack of knowing the streets. It is the only area in New York City where one can stand on the corner of West 10th Street and West 4th Street simultaneously.